Join us at the Clinton Center on May 24 for a conversation with Garrard Conley, author of the newly-released memoir, Boy Erased. Vital and compassionate, Garrard Conley’s memoir Boy Erased (Riverhead Books/May 10) explores with empathy and intimacy what it means to claim one’s identity in the face of ostracism and fear.
The son of a pastor, Garrard Conley was deeply embedded in church life in small-town Arkansas, attending services three times a week and silently struggling with his sexuality. Outed to his parents at nineteen, he faced an ultimatum: go to Love in Action, the largest conversion therapy organization in the country, and be “cured” of his homosexuality, or risk losing his family, friends, and church community. He went.
Bittersweet and triumphant, Boy Erased is a bold and beautifully-written testament to the power of true identity and understanding—a “generous portrait of a family in which the myths of prejudice give way before the reality of love.”
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
6 p.m. • Clinton Presidential Center
Book signing to follow the program.
*Copies of Boy Erased will be available for purchase at the Clinton Museum Store on the evening of the event.
Garrard Conley’s fiction and nonfiction can be found in The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Common, the Madison Review, Spork, and elsewhere. He has been a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholar and an Elizabeth Kostova Foundation fellow. He currently teaches English literature at the American College of Sofia and promotes LGBTQ equality in Sofia, Bulgaria.